CCYHA House Program
CCYHA oversees the one of the largest youth hockey program in the Mid Am Division of USA Hockey. Our outstanding volunteer base, professional coaching assistance and responsible, professional management continues to make CCYHA "The Premier Hockey Association of Central Ohio” for both House and Travel Hockey.
The CCYHA House Hockey Program offers a first rate developmental hockey program for boys and girls at the 6U/Mini-Mite through 14U/Bantam level, achieved in part through a qualified and dedicated volunteer staff. Fees include a minimum 20 week season, jersey and socks for each player and program highlights as noted in each division mentioned below.
Registration for our house program typically opens around July 1st and the season begins late September/early October through late February/early March (depending on the player's division).
Information on becoming part of the CCYHA family is available on the Register Online page found on the left side of the web site (from the home page)
The house season begins with our on-ice evaluations for all registered house players. These are typically held in mid to late September. The on-ice evaluations are used to gauge player's skill level and try as best as possible to ensure parity among teams at the start of the year. These are not a try-out, all players attending the evaluations will be placed on a team. It is best
Skaters generally are on the ice 2-3 ice times per week (depending on division of play). The ice times will vary - practices will be during the week and games will be on the weekends.
When selecting teams and players, every attempt will be made to ensure that the teams are evenly matched in terms of skill. Reasonable requests regarding player placement may be considered, but CCYHA’s guiding principle of parity of team play with take precedence over such requests.
CCYHA plans to host clinics/skills sessions for our youth players. They may be specialized by position and/or skill: goalie, defense, offense, power skating, stick handling, etc. The dates and times will be communicated once ice times have been finalized. Many times these sessions are "last minute" when a sheet of ice opens up and thus timely notification is not always possible. Every effort will be made to schedule these at least 2 weeks prior to the clinic/skills session. Depending on the type of clinic, a first-come first-serve sign up may occur.
CCYHA will continue implementation of USA Hockey American Development Model’s Red, White and Blue Hockey. Red, White and Blue hockey promotes the integration of cross-ice practices and games into youth hockey – which can raise the level of creativity among players, increase player participation, and create a positive environment for kids to play, love and excel. The four main tenants of Red, White and Blue hockey are:
- More Puck Time: Smaller spaces mean more opportunity for a player to touch the puck – and ultimately improve their game.
- Age-appropriate training: By shrinking the ice down to their level, kids can get more involved and learn skills quicker and easier.
- Increased Ice Touches: Because multiple teams share the ice, kids get on the ice an additional time each week without increase in cost.
- Increased competition: A smaller ice surface makes players of all skill levels think and act quicker, resulting in more frequent battles for the puck.
6U/Mini-Mite aged players will play cross ice games (no goalie) and participate in 1-2 ADM practices per week consisting of skill development stations. Players will rotate through these stations with players of similar skill and experience. These stations focus on the key hockey skills of skating, stickhandling, shooting, and game play. Many of the stations and drills utilize small area games which are not only fun but critical to hockey skill development.
In addition to regular season weekend games, all 6U/Mini-Mite participate in the 6U/Thomas Knox Memorial Mini-Mite Jamboree on December 26th.
Teams have the option of participating in one out of town tournament at an additional cost.
8U/Mites will have the same type of practice and participate in half-ice games rotating goalies).
In addition to regular season weekend games, 8U/Mite players participate in the 8U/Mite Gustin Schumacher Memorial Tournament on MLK Day (Monday) in January.
Year-end tournaments in late February/early March are sponsored by CCYHA for these ages.
NEW for the 2019-2020 season: Due to the number of 8U players and the varying skill level at this age group, CCYHA will tier this division in order to improve practices, games and enhance the overall development experience of all our players.
During the first month of the season, all 8U players will be evaluated at every session. The evaluations will be based on the skaters’ Control, Confidence, Coordination and Coachability. Skaters will need to be aware of others on the ice, have respect for their teammates and coaches, and be willing to challenge themselves as we continue to emphasize the fundamentals, especially all aspects of skating.
After the evaluations, players will be selected for the Mighty Mite ADM Group. This ADM group will primarily include experienced players who have previously played team hockey in an organized league, but all players will be evaluated. For that reason it is important for players to come to all evaluation sessions, if possible. The number of players in the Mighty Mite group will depend on the total number registered for House hockey.
The new Mighty Mite ADM group will continue to operate within the House League, and also have some opportunities to compete outside CCYHA. It is intended to replace the Mite Developmental/Select program that we had in prior years.
CCYHA 10U/Squirt, 12U/Peewee and 14U/Bantam practices follow USA Hockey's ADM guidelines and practices plans. Game are full-ice. Players participate in a two-tiered league with other Central Ohio organizations. The Quest for the Columbus Cup allows for a greater level of competition for house level players in the Squirt, Peewee and Bantam divisions. For more information on this program, go to Columbus House Hockey. The year-end tournament typically occurs late February/early March (depending on the player's division).
House teams have the option of participating in one out of town tournament during MLK weekend at an additional cost.
10U/Squirt and 12U/Peewee players are eligible to tryout for CCYHA's Select program. This program is in addition to CCYHA House Hockey and incurs additional fees to those players that accept an offer from these teams.
The Select Hockey Program is for CCYHA players who wish to play extra games and/or tournaments outside of their house league schedule. Select teams are comprised of CCYHA house players who are selected for the team via a try-out session in mid-October. Only players in good standing are eligible to participate in the tryout-outs. Players selected will incur an additional fee (approximately $500-600 based upon the schedule). The Select program is a good preparation exercise for those who are thinking about CCYHA Travel Hockey in coming seasons.
CCYHA will field one team in each division: 10U/Squirt, 12U/Peewee and possibly a 14U/Bantam*.
For more information on the American Development Model check out the USA Hockey site at www.admkids.com.
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